Quodlibet

Largeness of Creed

If you accept that God is bigger than you are and accept him as he has revealed himself in Scripture, you are inevitably pushed in the direction of Trinitarian, Nicene, and Chalcedonian orthodoxy: He is one God in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the Son is one Person with two natures, fully God and fully Man. If, on the other hand, you insist on a god you can fully understand, you must compromise either the unity or the distinction of the Persons. You will compromise either the deity or the humanity of the Son. How can they both be fully true at the same time?

The bottom-line question is this: Do you conform your mind to God as he has revealed himself in Scripture, or do you conform the Scriptures to the limitations of your mind? Christian doctrine is not contrary to reason, but it is bigger than anything my reason can fully grasp. The Nicene and Chalcedonian fathers understood this point. Do we?

Donald T. Williams Ph.D., is R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016) and An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien (Christian Publishing House, 2018). He is a member of University Church, an interdenominational house church in Athens, Georgia.

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